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How to Decrease Your Risk for Dementia by 90 Percent

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  • Women with the highest cardiovascular fitness had an 88 percent lower risk of dementia than those with moderate fitness
  • Women with the lowest fitness had a 41 percent greater risk of dementia than those of average fitness
  • Cardiovascular fitness can be used as a measure of how well blood is circulating to your heart and brain
  • Cardiovascular fitness may slash dementia risk because exercise (which helps improve cardiovascular fitness) increases levels of the protein PGC-1alpha, which is responsible for improving mitochondrial biogenesis

By Dr. Mercola

Staying fit is key to warding off many chronic diseases in later life, including those that may affect your brain. Worldwide, 47 million people are living with dementia. This is expected to increase to 75 million by 2030 and more than triple by 2050, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).1 Yet, you may be able to significantly slash your risk by taking steps to improve and maintain your cardiovascular fitness.

In fact, researchers from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden revealed that women with the highest cardiovascular fitness had an 88 percent lower risk of dementia than those with moderate fitness.2 Further, even maintaining average fitness is worthwhile, as women with the lowest fitness had a 41 percent greater risk of dementia than those of average fitness. Fitness, in this case, is not the same as exercise, and the study did not measure how often the women exercised.

Instead, it focused on cardiovascular fitness, as measured by a stepwise-increased maximal ergometer cycling test. Cardiovascular fitness can be a measure of how well blood is circulating to your heart and brain. Study author and physiotherapist Helena Horder told Time, “If the small blood vessels and circulation in the heart are OK, then the brain is also affected in a positive way by good small vessel circulation.”3

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https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/04/12/how-to-decrease-dementia-risk.aspx

 

Here’s how to CUT OUT harmful sweets and sugars now that the holidays are over

Natural News) We get it: Those holiday sweets and treats are often very difficult to pass up, which is why we tend to pack on the pounds during the final month of the year. But you know what you have to do now, right?

Right. It’s time to give them up, though we grant you, that may be easier said than done.

And why is that? It’s because sugar is very addictive, and intentionally so. Junk food makers rely on it to keep you coming back for more. In fact, as Natural News has reported, sugar has been named the “most addictive and dangerous” substance of our time.

In addition to piling on the pounds, high sugar diets “are linked to increased risk of a number of health conditions” like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

But despite knowing that, it’s still hard to give up those sweet treats and then follow through on your plan, which — if successful — will give you better concentration, increased energy, better sleep, clearer skin, balanced hormones, and of course weight loss.

If you find yourself needing a little help shedding your post-holiday sugar urge, try these suggestions to help you start the new year lighter and healthier, as reported by the U.K.’s Daily Mail:

— Figure out your sugar triggers: “Many of us reach for sugary foods out of habit or for emotional comfort when we are stressed,” writes Hannah Braye for the paper. In order to break out of the habit, it’s vital for you to first identify what triggers your sweet tooth. For instance, do you begin your week sticking to your dietary plans but the weaken as the days go on? Eat sweets at the office? Do you like to snack late in the evening? Once you figure out your triggers you can address your weak moments.

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https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-01-01-heres-how-to-cut-out-harmful-sweets-and-sugars-now-that-the-holidays-are-over.html